Heineken Cup openers fail to disappoint

The opening weekend of the Heineken Cup has lived up to its billing, with a high quality of rugby and some down-to-the-wire matches.

With such fierce competition, it is vital not to lose a single game, and Home victories are a must.  There were only three Away wins all weekend, with Gloucester performing well in Ulster on Friday night, followed by wins for Biarritz and Toulouse – the two teams from southern France that reputedly do not travel well.

Wasps against Munster was the pick of the games, with the 2007 champions overcoming a ten-point deficit to beat the 2006 winners by 24 points to 23.  In the same group, Clermont Auvergne looked impressive in a 48-21 win over Llanelli which bagged them a bonus point after a hat-trick from Aurelien Rougerie.

London Irish also caught the eye with a comprehensive win over weak Treviso, and Stade Francais were fairly convincing with a bonus-point victory against Harlequins.

There were no great upsets, but it’s been a highly satisfying weekend of european rugby.  Which team stood out for you?  Are Stade Francais still the favourites?